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Meet our Johnston Tutoring Staff

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Great Teachers Inspire

Our tutors and staff in Johnston & Des Moines consist of passionate educators who love inspiring children to succeed. Warm, caring and great at relating to kids, our tutors in Johnston know how to engage and motivate each child in a personal way—building confidence and smiles, as well as skills and better scores. We selectively choose tutors who know local curriculum and can link Sylvan lessons to what’s being taught in school. Get to know our tutors and staff in Johnston & Des Moines!

  • Katie Ruby, Center Director

    Katie Ruby

    Center Director

    As Center Director, Katie leads all scheduling and consultation duties for the Sylvan Learning Center of Johnston. Katie’s education in both business and hospitality has allowed her to travel to several corners of the world. Through this international experience she found a passion for helping children in their education while volunteering for several youth causes throughout her studies abroad. When Katie isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her enjoying outdoor activities and being with friends and family! 
  • Sherri Robberts, Director of Education

    Sherri Robberts

    Director of Education

    I am so excited to join the team of teachers, aides, and directors here at Sylvan as the Director of Education! A little bit about me: I am from Omaha, Ne originally, and have lived in the Des Moines metro for 7 years with my husband, Kyle and our two children, Sienna (11 years old) and Caleb (15 years old). My background is in teaching elementary and special needs children and I was able to build upon those skills when I provided ABA therapy for children with Autism. By bringing my passion for education and love of helping children succeed to Sylvan, I hope to support all of the families coming through these doors and celebrate along with you as your children reach their goals. 
  • Susi Griffin, Tutor

    Susi Griffin

    Tutor

    Susi Griffin retired from teaching. Graduating from Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude, she was certified k-8 General Education and K-12 Special Education with endorsements in Secondary Reading, Secondary Math, and ELL. In 2010, she was named teacher of the year in Arizona , west division. She is very passionate about the Sylvan programs and has watched them produce successful students since 1998
  • Desirae Kellis, Admin

    Desirae Kellis

    Admin

    Desi is an Administrative Assistant in Johnston, IA. She is studying Elementary Education at Grand View University. When she is not at Sylvan, she is either at school working towards her degree, or she is spending time with her friends and family. She loves working at Sylvan because the teachers and students are amazing and she is learning from each and every one of them everyday. 
  • Karen Baldon, Director of Community Outreach

    Karen Baldon

    Director of Community Outreach

    Karen oversees the Community Outreach Division of Sylvan Learning Centers of Iowa. This division covers the entire state of Iowa bringing Sylvan services to students K-12 in small group settings. The division contracts with schools and other nonprofits using local, state or federal funding.  Karen is a graduate of William Penn University and specializes in sales and marketing. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the motorsports world, including NASCAR, she joined the Sylvan team in August 2016. Karen also worked part-time for ADM, Knoxville and Twin Cedars school districts coaching middle school and high school sports for over 25 years. 
  • Emily Anderson, Director of Marketing

    Emily Anderson

    Director of Marketing

    As Director of Marketing, Emily leads marketing and advertising for Sylvan of Johnston, Ames, Hiawatha, and Coralville. A former Global Studies teacher, Emily chose a career in the tutoring business because of her passion for education and previous tutoring experience. She studied at Iowa State University. When Emily isn’t at Sylvan, you’ll find her  trying out new recipes, playing with her two Labrador Retrievers, or camping with her husband.
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